Kakadu National Park

Dramatic scenery leads to a white, sandy beach and plunge pool. Settle down for a picnic here and feel your cares melt away.

The gorge can only be accessed during the dry season, when the waterfall slows to a trickle.

Take a scenic flight over the falls during the tropical summer to see them in their full thundering glory.

Wildlife

Access is via a shuttle boat. Drift through the gorge while your guide points out the ancient secrets of the escarpments and a fantastic array of aquatic life. In the crystal-clear water are barramundi, saratoga, black bream, rainbow fish, long-necked turtles, Mertens water monitors, freshwater crocodiles and the elusive pig-nosed turtle (warradjan).

After you dock, follow the creek upstream over rocks and boulders and along the floating boardwalk while taking in the grandeur of the massive 150 m escarpments.

Culture

As you walk up the gorge, you might hear the white-lined honeyeater calling out to let the spirits know you are coming.

Getting there

Access is by a boat shuttle service followed by a short walk over boulders, sand and a floating boardwalk.

Tickets can be purchased at the Bowali Visitor Centre and Garnamarr Campground.

You will need a high-clearance 4WD with snorkel due to the deep water crossing at Jim Jim Creek. Allow half an hour each way from Jim Jim Falls. Please adhere to speed limits and drive safely.

4WD tours are available to Jim Jim and Twin Falls during the dry season.

More information

Download the PDF guide to Jim Jim and Twin Falls

 

Be Crocwise: Swimming

  • Ensure you observe all safety signs, and be aware that whenever you are near water in the park, there is a risk of crocs!
  • Kakadu has Crocodile Management Zones to minimise risk to humans. Even in these zones you should be cautious.
  • Crocodile warning signs and Crocodile Management Zones are not found everywhere.

Read more to stay safe when swimming

Type of walk

Return track

Walk grade

Moderate

Time required

2 hours